Thursday, May 23, 2013

A Reason for Beginning

The other day my husband asked me, "If you could only use one social media website, which one would it be?" Based purely on number of hours wasted, I think he expected me to say Pinterest. However, I immediately responded "Goodreads."

Because yes, I completely love Goodreads. A social media site that's all about books? Honestly, that is an idea made in English major heaven. Not only is Goodreads my favorite social media, I would also be more than a little bit devastated if it ever disappeared. I rely on the reviews and opinions of the people I follow to learn about new books and determine whether they are worth reading. My "To-Read" list on that site represents years of cultivated recommendations that I don't have written down anywhere else, and a silent cold fear grips my heart when I think of the possibility of losing that list. How would I ever find those books again?

But what I love even more about Goodreads is looking over the books I've already read, reading through my old reviews, and remembering why I loved (or hated) the book in question. Sometimes I find I've completely forgotten about some of the books I've read in the past, and it's great to remember the things I've read, to see if something is worth re-reading, or just to see how my opinion has changed with time. I don't usually write notes in my books as I read them (especially considering how 99% of the books I read come from the public library), so my Goodreads reviews are my notes. It would be tragic to me if I lost those.

In part as a way to have a secondary (and hopefully more in depth) record of my reflections on the books I read, and in part to reach out to other friends who don't use Goodreads (for the love! why don't more of my friends use Goodreads????), and also in part just because it sounds like fun, I've started this little blog to write reviews and talk about all things bookish. If you're interested in following along, I'd love any comments and discussion.

Also, if you haven't already, please feel free to hop on over to Goodreads, sign up, and friend me. I'd love to know what you're reading.

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